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January 9–March 6, 2016

Hundreds of colorful and delicate orchids provide respite from winter’s gray chill.  Enjoy a dreamy display of soft hued blooms and tropical plants in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse. Additional orchids are on view throughout the Conservatory’s indoor gardens. 

De La Naturaleza
Contemporary ceramic works of art inspired by the natural world are displayed in a juried exhibit in the Cardinal Health Gallery. Presented in partnership with Central Ohio Clay Arts and Sherrie Gallerie, the exhibit features 46 works by 31 local and national artists. View the list of selected artists here.

For Families
Family Fun activities and events take place every Saturday. Explore the Enchanted Forest, a woodland-themed play area with children's interactives. On Saturdays, make a paper orchid as part of a collaborative mural.

Orchid Sundays
The Central Ohio Orchid Society is available to answer questions and discuss how to grow and care for orchids. Sundays, 1–4pm

In Botanica Gift Shop
Browse a unique selection of vibrant, tropical orchids. Orchid books, pottery and supplies are also available. Learn more.

Blooms & Butterflies

March 12–September 18, 2016

Hundreds of colorful butterflies take flight in the Pacific Island Water Garden, a tropical haven filled with bright nectar blooms. Newly emerged butterflies are released during educational presentations every day at 1 and 3pm. 

In Botanica Gift Shop
The butterfly metamorphosis can be experienced at home, too, with native Painted Lady caterpillars available in Botanica Gift Shop. Once they have emerged, Painted Lady butterflies can be released outdoors to continue their life cycle.

Supported by Cardinal Health, Giant Eagle, and Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

Spring Color Showcase

Spring, 2016

A delightful celebration of spring! An indoor display of spring blooms is on view in the Dorothy M. Davis Showhouse, March 12 though May 15.  Outdoors, something new is blooming every day!

Presented by State Auto Insurance Companies. 

Support the 2016 Spring Color Showcase

Origami in the Garden

May 21–November 13, 2016

Monumental sculptures created by artist Kevin Box tell the story of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. The exhibition includes large-scale installations, gallery works, Box's own compositions as well as collaborative works with his wife Jennifer and world-renowned origami artists Robert J. Lang, Te Jui Fu, Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander. Related programs for all ages accompany the exhibition. 

Made possible by funding from PNC Arts Alive.

Merry & Bright

November 19, 2016–January 1, 2017

Feel the spirit of the season surrounded by festive horticulture displays and evening lighting.  Enjoy a gingerbread competition, Paul Busse model garden railway,  and an array of activities and entertainment scheduled throughout the season.

Savage Gardens


Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants is a rentable exhibition that was developed and designed by Conservatory staff. A multi-layered, multi-media exhibition, Savage Gardens tells the story of carnivorous plants and their astounding ability to adapt to inhospitable habitats.

Combining science, botany, art, humor, and hands-on activity, Savage Gardens reaches all ages with its rich components. Four monumental sculptures render viewers bug-sized, while interactive and interpretive elements educate and entertain.

The Conservatory has worked with the artists to ensure the portability of the large sculptures and other components. Learn more about detailed specifications and images of the components, as well as some of the media coverage that Savage Gardens received while on view at the Conservatory. 
Savage Gardens was developed and created by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Tork, Inc. The work displayed is protected by copyright and any copying is strictly prohibited.

About Tork, Inc.
Tork is a team of experienced and versatile trained artists headed by owners Mark Lagergren and Tony Ball. Tork has been creating unique sculptural installations and functional works for commercial and individual clients for more than 10 years. Adept at working on both large-scale public installations and small detailed objects, we collaborate with architects, designers, and contractors to meet site specific goals. Our sculpture has been placed in a variety of environments including public parks, playgrounds, gardens, hospitals, museums, corporate interiors and exteriors, and restaurants. We specialize in metal and resin design, fabrication, sculpting, and casting in unique combinations of materials. Learn More